Dr. Kim Brown Barber

Kim Brown Barber, Ph.D. is a successful businesswoman and a longtime educational leader with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As an advocate for university students and women leadership, her passion and commitment over the last ten years has focused on several areas to include: increasing diversity, closing the achievement gap, academic excellence, preparation and motivation. Her constant perseverance and dedication led her to be appointed by the former Governor Steve Beshear to the Diversity Committee for The Council for Postsecondary Education and the Strategic Planning Committee for The Council for Postsecondary Education for the state of Kentucky.

As the Director of Pre-College and Early Outreach Support Programs at California State University Monterey Bay, Dr. Brown Barber continues to enhance diversity and inclusion for underrepresented students and afford them the opportunity to achieve success at every academic level.

She received a Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and a Doctorate degree with a focus on Public Policy and Social Change from Union Institute and University.

Today as the CEO and Founder of Journey To Becoming, Dr. Brown Barber aims to inspire the thought leaders, change agents, and becomers on a global scale to live fulfilled purpose driven lives.

Dr. Brown Barber serves on a number of committees and meets regularly with influencers and decision-makers to impact change in the community including:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP), 2020-2021

Cohort for Emerging Leaders Program,  American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), 2020-2021

Impacting Change Speaker Series

  • Speaker at Kentucky Women’s Forum, 2018
  • Guest on The Good Radio Network, 2018
  • Speaker at The American Association for Blacks in Higher Education, 2017
  • Speaker at Purdue University at Indianapolis, 2016


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